Premature Babies Given Fighting Chance With New Incubators
The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital is the first in the country to receive the new cribs.
Premature babies are being given more of a fighting chance thanks to new hi-tech cribs that mimic conditions in the womb.
The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital has been fitted out with 26 of the Draeger Babyleo incubators -- the second largest collection of its kind in the world.
“Each of these cribs cost more than most people’s cars. It’s a $46,000 crib but it's money well spent,” said Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles.
But as Neonatology Director Dr Pieter Koorts points out -- they allow doctors to regulate everything from light and temperature to noise.
"A lot of our pre-term babies are obviously born too soon in quite an alien, noisy environment and that could play havoc with their development,” said Dr Koorts.
“It's not just a ventilator. It’s not just a shoe box that you put a baby in. You need the proper temperature for that particular baby at that particular time.”
The cribs even allow parents to record their voices and play it back to their bubs when they can't be there.
Byron Bay resident Krista Jarvis gave birth to her baby boy Malakai at just 27 weeks.
She rushed to Brisbane for an emergency caesarean section so he could immediately be placed in the personalised crib.
"It was a scary experience for my first child. It wasn't really what I was expecting," she said.
"Every week I get a little more confident. At first I was living in fear every day that he wasn't going to make it but know I can see how well everything," said the new mum.
The incubators provide better infection control and allow parents to be closer to their newborns.
The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital is the first hospital in Australia to receive the cribs.